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    September 19, 2010
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avoided the concentration of several housing prockets in one elementary school attendance area. and generally speaking, with a few exceptions that were brought up last night -- there may be a few very small further adjustments based on testimony yesterday, the committee is recommending that the board adopt those elementary school feeder patterns when it comes up for regular action before the regular board. the second part of that resolution, the proposed draft middle school feeder pat erps, the committee considered the staff recommendation that that the middle school feeder pattern be fazed in. that means they won't be used next year. the draft will go away as we have said in all the testimony. i have to report that most of
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the testimony yesterday was on the middle school feeder patterns. there were people from certain schools that were urging us to adopt them as they were proposed in the draft because they like them. but generally speaking, there was more concern about it and support for the idea of this fazed-in adoption, which is also what has been heard in the community meetings and other feedback mechanisms. the committee yesterday evening consisted of commissioner mendoza and myself because commissioner kim was not able to be there. but the two of us as the quorum of the committee recommended to the board that at the next meeting, that the board support the substitute motion that will take the place of the first reading, the first draft of this policy. the substitute motion will include those slightly amended elementary school attendance
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areas and the policy language that talks about the phasing in of the middle school feeder patterns not this year, but that we will use middle school assignment mechanisms for the coming year, which will just take out the feeder patterns, and we will have fewer steps and tie-breakers. so essentially it will be more of a choice system for middle school next year, an open choice system for the whole district, more like what we are using now. we should remind people, as we did last night, that the middle school process has been the one that has had the highest positive results for students, parents and families in recent years. that is, percentage just under or over 90% of participants have gotten one of their choices in the middle school process, and more than 75% have
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gotten their first choice. we can have some confidence that -- since it won't be too different, that it won't be too different -- it won't give us a significantly different result that we can anticipate for next year. that was the recommendation on the first resolution. the second resolution, the general education transportation policy i would commend to the board members who were not there, which i think was commissioner kim. most of the board members were there for at least part of the meeting and the details are available online to the public. the staff is recommending that we not have the second reading of the transportation policy until november 8. these changes and the work that is being done now have really taxed the work of the staff, which we at the committee, and most members of the public wanted to commend the staff for
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the extraordinary amount and quality of the work that has been done on this project by the staff. the second part is the transportation policy -- questions were posed to the board and the public, questions like not grandfathering in bus stops starting next year. if we make changes in the transportation policy for general education, lots of bus stops and maybe bus routes will entirely go away. questions were posed to the board. for commissioner kim in particular, if you want to weigh in on those, you should do that. but i think that the staff's recommendation is based on the belief that adoption of the policy, the elementary attendance areas and the question of a phase-in of the middle school feeder pattern, that needs to be done first before the transportation policy. so the committee was in support of that delay until november
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8th, and also i just want to end by repeating for the public that we can make such a delay without affecting the attendance process for next year. so this will be -- we will have a new transportation policy. those questions such as are we going to have transportation to after-school programs? are we going to grandfather things? which routes might go away? which stops might go away. that will be known by the public well in advance of when they need to make their applications for school next year. i think that's the end of the report. we will continue to meet monthly. can i say the next meeting is october 13th, which is not a monday. that monday is a holiday, so we are changing it to the wednesday. >> all right. deputy superintendent lee? >> thank you, president kim. i just wanted to make one minor convection to commissioner
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wynns' report, which is that the november board meeting that we are looking at for the transportation policy to come back and be active on is november 9th. >> excuse me. the 8th is the committee meeting. >> right. thank you. >> thank you. item t is report of closed session action. >> president kim, i just want to announce that the next meeting of the rules committee is monday, seven 20 at 5:30. >> thank you. close session actions of seven 9, 2010. the board of he vation by a video of 4-3 approved the chief, program administrator. in a claim against the district , by a vote of five eyes and two. ed board approved a setment and release agreement in the amount of $38,000. the board by a vote of five eyes and three and sent,
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approved a resolution of intent to -- to suspend the employee pending hearing. >> item u. other informational items. tonight we are adjourning our meeting in memory of listened apierce, a cousin of principal james jerky, who passed away on august 23rd, 2010. linda was born in san francisco. they received her teaching credentials from essex state university. she enjide a 30-year career with the s.f.d. with a love for first grade classes. she loved her city pie the bay, voting, cooking, reading a than playing piano. the board of education and superintendent of schools express sincere sympathy to the
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family. meeting adjourned. thank you very much.
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>> good afternoon. i would like to welcome everyone back from the summer break. all of our staff was hard at work during this hiatus we have had. it is wednesday -- it is tuesday, september 14, 2:00 p.m.. [tolroll call -- all present] item seven has -- item 11 has been taken off the calendar and will be continued to the next meeting. the next item is approval of the minutes of the july 27 special meeting and minutes of the august 10 regular meeting. is there any provision?
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president crowley: colleagues, any additions, corrections, or deletions? any public comment? seeing and hearing at 9, all those in favor please signify -- seeing and hearing none, all those in favor please signify. >> next, public comment for matters within commission jurisdiction but not on today's agenda. i believe i have a speaker card on this item. president crowley: thank you. >> commissioners, my name is francisco decosta. i have been away. i visited countries where i got the opportunity to speak to many community organizations, and
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also to visit facilities such as we have here in san francisco. prior to me going, i was privy to some public documents on our infrastructure, having worked at presidio san francisco on infrastructure projects. i see a lot of activity, some good, some bad, and some ugly. commissioners, you know, because of this economy, we are privileged because of our forward planning. at one time, we were supposed to address both the waste water and the clean water project. maybe there is only one
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commissioner here who participated in the earlier workshops, when mr. dennis normandy was on this commission. some of us from the community put a lot of effort to see that we would go to a better place. but the actions led to our just focusing on the clean water, which we are doing now. and soon we will be addressing the waste water, which will impact san francisco in a big way. the reason i am here is to point out to the commissioners, in view of what has happened at san bruno, with the infrastructure
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there, how when we tear up our roads, how when we expose our utilities -- to look at our utilities in a realistic manner. now, this may seem to be very easy, but it is very difficult. so i am calling upon the engineers to work on this. i know we cannot expose all this information because of 9/11, but one of the reasons i am speaking to you is that from the inception, before we begin this wastewater project, we do it in the right way. thank you very much. president crowley: thank you. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, commissioners, and welcome back. one of the reasons i came today
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is that i had heard from different people in my community that commissioner ellis was going to be gone. i am glad to see you are here and i hope you are being reconsidered to stay here. i hope the other commissioners support you. we need you. you have been very good at working with us in the community. these are the things that need to be done. i know all the commissioners know that. since you have chosen me as your goodwill ambassador for sola, i have to say that, because i want people to know you work with the community. you have your staff working with us. i want people to know you are doing what you can do for your community, in support of the community, and that you are here. every motion and thing you do is from your heart. thank you very much. have a blessed day.
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>> mining is joshua. first of all, i wanted to second the sentiments of ms. jackson. it is good to see you, commissioner ellis. i am looking forward to the discussion of community benefits. since it is not on the agenda, i want to ask if there is an update on the state of solar in san francisco, and how we are going to get the committee to work on the next round of puc project. i know a lot of us are eagerly waiting to see the sunset reservoir switched to get turned on and get a walk through for some of the community folks to get people back into the solar frame of mind again. can community folks go out and see how it is shaping up? >> now might be a good time to jump out of order.
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ed harrington, our general manager, has some announcements to make. >> as you know, the first announcement was that we have selected a general manager for external affairs. that position was vacated earlier this year when laura left. if you recall, we were changing the position to not only be in charge of relations and communications, but also take the lead on environmental sustainability issues and the community benefits jobs discussions we have been having. we did a search. i am pleased to announce the result is that commissioner juliet ellis is the new general manager for external affairs for the puc. [applause] we were able to convince her that four to eight hours a month was not enough.
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welcome, and thank you very much for accepting our offer. commissioner ellis: thank you to the fellow commissioners, the staff, and the community partners. part of what makes the position so attractive is the ability to work on this more than eight hours a month. i look forward to continuing to work in this different role. >> i would like to add to the general manager -- this is brilliant. [laughter] who would have thought. it really is. i am so pleased. we are very, very fortunate. you have worked on both sides. [laughter] >> i also would like to chime in. i was in the same position, where i had heard juliet might be moving on. i was broken hearted because she has been such a great colleague
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and ally on these important issues. i think this is a wonderful solution and opportunity. i think we will really be able to get some amazing things done with juliet in her new role. congratulations. we are so excited to work with you in this new capacity. president crowley: -- president crowley: let me echo of that and say i am looking forward to no longer being the junior member of the commission. now we are going to talk more often. i think this is a great jumping off spot to collaborating with you and the community, and working with you and through you to get where we need to go in this organization. thank you for accepting the offers. >> it is a good match.
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>> the commissioners have received electronically copies of all the communications sent to us since the last regular meeting. if you have any issues or points you would like to raise or ed regarding the advanced calendar, if you could also note those. the commissioners have also received the two indicated staff reports. >> i have some questions. first of all, i want to thank you for putting on the budget hearings well in advance. we usually wait until the last moment and scramble around. i do want some clarification. not the budget hearing, but under january 20, that is a thursday. but we are adopting -- is this a regular -- are we making this a regular meeting on january 20? >> we have several ceqa reviews
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coming up. as you know, the planning commission meets on thursdays. there will be several instances where we will be asking you if you will consider having a regular meeting or a special meeting of the commission the same day as the planning commission so that if they adopt the findings the commission can do it the same day. >> i see. going back to the schedule budget hearing -- january 13, i believe, is the regular meeting day. no -- it's a thursday. january 11 would be our regular meeting. i wanted to ask for an update of the 10-year financial plan. is that going to be a lengthy discussion? and if not, could we have it on our regular meeting of january
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11? >> todd reedstrom, assistant general manager. we would be happy to schedule that as early as you would like that. in addition to hearing the update on the 10-year financial plan, right as you're going into your deliberations will also be updating that. we will report information. as well, we have a place holder in early december for some pre- budget discussions of budget policy setting that we wanted to come before you and give you an early indication of key trends in water consumption and waste water treatment to help inform your policy decision for the upcoming budget hearing. so we would be happy to move that to whatever day you would like. >> i am just trying to be efficient with our time. i should not say it that way.
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if it is going to be a lengthy discussion, i think the 13th is fine. if it is not going to be, we could incorporate it with our regular meeting of the 11th. that is something we have to hear from you. >> i think it is a great suggestion. it will not be that link the. we will need five to 10 questions -- 5 to 10 minutes depending on your questions. as you come into your budget hearings, we can look up the next few years. i know you are very interesting -- very interested in seeing what the about your fifth impact is. i look forward to being able to summarize those in five minutes and be able to give you the impact on the rates, and of course answer any questions you would have on that. >> altogether, the discussion
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would be about a half hour? >> about 20 minutes to 30 minutes. >> that goes to something i wanted to ask about as well. you had the preliminary budget discussion with the commission. that is something we have asked for. i appreciate your putting that on. one of the things i hoped to get from that is the discussion of the plan in a pro forma, if you will. there is a 10 year plan we will be updating. you should be able to get pretty close on that. i would like to be able to focus on some of the big-picture questions we have -- improved levels of service for the clean water program. there will be some budget in rate impact. we have looked in the past at
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some pretty sizable rate increases. we have talked about constraining that in some way. i would love to have on the 14th a discussion that focuses at that level. what are we trying to accomplish in the budget? what kind of constraints to we want to put on it before the budget comes to us? then my expectation would be that after we go to the budget process that the adoption of the 10-year plan should be pretty straightforward, if we know what target we are trying to hit earlier in the process. and what i am not especially interested in -- and i do not know what the policy is going to be. i am not especially interested in having an opportunity to identify a pet project of mine ahead of time. if i have any of those i can tell you anyway, but that is not really the focus. my focus would be from a large
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business perspective. what do we want our financials to be looking like? what do we want to make sure is accomplished? how does this coming budget it into that? >> thank you. the general manager's budget hearings will be happening in november and early december. he has already tasked us to have those ready for you. we will update for the general manager during those hearings, based upon the status quo which you have already adopted in your 10-year capital plan and the existing levels of service. we will update those again for you to make them fresh at the january. in addition, the december 14 meeting -- it will be helpful if you can start listing how you would like the budget displayed. in previous years, sometimes you wanted it program radically. other times, you wanted financial metrics as far as what
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the cost of $1 million would be in the average monthly bill. -- in previous years soc, somets you wanted it programmatically. the biggest picture to be starting with is that between the economy and water conservation our revenues are down. while we certainly have not been impacted as much as general fund departments, it will probably be a time of constraint in the puc. you should expect not to see a lot of brand new things show up unless something else is traded for it. commissioner moran: i think december is kind of late in the process. you will have done a lot of your work. i would like to see how
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satisfactory that is. if we were to give a change of direction, december would be pretty late to do it. we will see how that plays out and can adjust schedules and other things. commissioner caen: to follow up on what you just said, maybe you can help us identify on if there is something that can be traded out, if there is something emerging that seems to be a priority everybody seems in agreement with, to come back to us and said they knew we can give a little less money to that to be able to do this. >> anything else? president crowley: in the issue tracking, you did at the -- you did add a review of the hedghet assessment and the capital
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projects we are talking about there. one thing that occurs to me would be awfully helpful at some point is also to have a discussion about the consequence of issuing debt against hetch hetchy. it does strike me -- it is certainly not new. it strikes me it could be a tricky credit to evaluate. i think some discussion of that and how we want to deal with that, how we structure that into the financial plan would be helpful. it might as well be at the same time we are talking about this. >> we have done a whole lot of work around that. we can bring it forward. if prop 26 passes, it could change that dramatically. prop. 26 is a bit of a sleeper
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right now. it is not getting much attention. in its simplest form, it would tend to have power revenues for government agencies treated in many ways like prop 218 requires for water and wastewater. the most immediate impact would be that -- for example, right now we provide power to the airport tenants. the airport tenants pay us lower than they would pay pg&e, but pay us more than it costs us to generate the power. we use those extra proceeds to finance other programs. prop. 26 would say it cannot -- you cannot charge more than it costs you to generate your power. it would not allow government agencies to generate any income to be used for other projects. it would be a major impact on general fund to the city, all of the programs we have been doing using hetchy money.

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